Whereas there is visible ascendancy in the activities of extremists and incidents of terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, IED explosions, rocket firing and bomb explosions and the banding together of some militant groups have taken such activities to an unprecedented level of violent intensity posing a grave threat to the life and property of the citizens of Pakistan.

Whereas there has also been a spate of attacks on state infrastructure and on law enforcement agencies;

Whereas some members of the judiciary are working at cross purposes with the executive and legislature in the fight against terrorism and extremism, thereby weakening the government and the nation’s resolve and diluting the efficacy of its actions to control this menace;

Whereas there has been increasing interference by some members of the judiciary in government policy, adversely affecting economic growth, in particular;

Whereas constant interference in executive function, including but not limited to the control of terrorist activity, economic policy, price controls, downsizing of corporations and urban planning, has weakened the writ of the government; the police force has been completely demoralized and is fast losing its efficacy to fight terrorism and Intelligence Agencies have been thwarted in their activities and prevented from pursuing terrorists;

Whereas some hard core militants, extremists, terrorists and suicide bombers, who were arrested and being investigated were ordered to be released. The persons so released have subsequently been involved in heinous terrorist activities, resulting in loss of human life an property. Militants across the country have, thus, been encouraged while law enforcement agencies subdued;

Whereas some judges by overstepping the limits of judicial authority have taken over the executive and legislative functions;

Whereas the Government is committed to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law and holds the superior judiciary in high esteem, it is nonetheless of paramount importance that the honourable Judges confine the scope of their activity to the judicial function and not assume charge of administrations;

Whereas an important constitutional institution, the Supreme Judicial Council, has been made entirely irrelevant and non est by a recent order and judges have, thus, make themselves immune from inquiry into their conduct and put themselves beyond accountability.

Whereas the humiliating treatment meted to government officials by some members of the judiciary on a routine basis during court proceedings has demoralized the civil bureaucracy and senior government functionaries, to avoid being harassed, prefer inaction;

Whereas the law and order situation in the country as well as the economy have been adversely affected and trichotomy of powers eroded;

Whereas a situation has thus arisen where the government of the country cannot be carried on it Accordance with the constitution and as the constitution provides no solution for this situation, there is no way out except through emergent and extraordinary measures;

And whereas the situation has been reviewed in meetings with the Prime Minister, governors of all Provinces, and with chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, chiefs of the armed forces, vice-chief of army Staff and corps commanders of the Pakistan army;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the deliberations and decisions of the said meetings, I, General Pervez Musharraf, Chief of the Army Staff, proclaim emergency throughout Pakistan.

I hereby order and proclaim that the constitution of the Islamic republic of Pakistan shall remain in abeyance.
This Proclamation shall come into force at once.

18 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Ah han ..!

    wont it be better that as updates come, publish the same posts again … with different time stamps … and updates. KMB is mess of posts rite now!

    Same mssg for urooj, rabia too!

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    ha…ha…there is a race to be the ‘first’ to post updates.

  3. Bolshevik (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Arsalaan, that was lame.

    Asma: Yeah, I noticed that. Deleting my stuff now.

  4. wakeup (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    what are the pro and cons of emergency?
    what difference does it make so a ordinary citizen. i think it makes no difference at all. it a political gimick.

  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    Urooj, it happens in crisis situation ;-)

  6. ALAM (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    DOWN with Napak Pakistan Army !

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    Urooj, I was just stating the obvious :-))

  8. ange (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    BBC/CNN are reporting that sms services have been stopped and cell lines are inacessible, however, the lines are up and working including sms services, due to the mass of incoming calls, the network is spacing out.

  9. anti-dictator (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    “Arsalaan, that was lame.”

    Practicing a Marshal Law, Communist… Stop deleting comments and dont act like our dictator.

    My Protest against hypocrisy… my protest against the Nazis

    And attention-seeking communist wants fame.

  10. Syed Tariq (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    Dear bloggers

    I am in Almaty, Kazakhstan and very upset about the today’s shameless act of Musharraf. Thouh, I have an illusion that this time only patriotic and responsible Army officers, if they exist in our country, must take initiative by themelves and get the gun out of their cool holsters and put on the temple of Musahrraf and ask him to leave the country and hand over powers to Mr Soomoro.

    Pakistan Army if they have any sense of national interest and they have some sense of responsibility, they must act now. Restore Supreme Court and restore Contitution of Pakistan and allow nation to live freely.

    I implore patriotic people of my country that we are in a very serious situation and nation must give full support to the Supreme Court and constitution of Pakistan.

    This time, if Army did as shameful act as they have been habitual to do so in the past, I am sure, this nation will never, never support our Army in future.

    This country is meant for the people and Army is the servant of the nation and People are not the slaves of Army.

    Altaf and MQM, as they always have juvenile and chauvinistic attitude towards national issues, has a last chance to prove that they have slightest interest in this country.But MQM support army and Mushrraf and forced Judges to take oath.

    I salute judges of the Judiciary of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sindh High court and Punjab High court for brave action by denying oaths under the nazi Musharraf.

    Please Get up against this nonsense and get of rid of Army’s iron enclave.

  11. tt (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    Bastard Muhajir General ruining pakistan for his own greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. bluemax (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 12:52 am

    Syed Tariq, you are saluting judges who gladly took oath under the nazi Musharraf in 1999. These judges should have had the moral courage to resufe like their seniors such as Saeeduzzaman Siddiqi and Nasir Aslam Zahid. I dont know why this nation so easily forgets past events (let alone history).

  13. Syed Tariq (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    Dear bloggers,

    Our Judiciary had done more damage to the country’s democracy in the past. However, present set up of the courts surprizingly provided outstanding servic to the grieved persons. We all must respect human rights in the country which Judges tried to tell the government to do so.

    Therefore, judiciary has attained serious respect from citizens of the nation.

    The emergency in Pakistan resulted due to Musharraf and MQM’s greed to rule the country and appease their god, I mean, their god is USA and the west.

    My full respect to Judges specially Iftikhar Chudhry and company in the supreme court. Sindh High court judges also blatantly refused the rubbish PCO, even though they know that a drunken and rouge part, MQM, rule the city and province.

  14. fahmed (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    GEO TV website blocked in UAE….Just can’t believe it!!!!

  15. Imran (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    Bears an eerie resemblance to the 9/11 Proclamation of “War Against Terror”, but quite frankly whether by design or by providance, Pakistan too needed (divine intervention) to wipe out mis-guided islamic extremism … a global problem, of our modern times.

    … The ‘War Agaisnt Terror’ finally comes to Pakistan, and quite frankly, thank god for that!

  16. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

    Editorial, The News, Nov 4

    Black Saturday

    Sunday, November 04, 2007

    November 3 will go down as another dark day in Pakistan’s political and constitutional history. It can be safely said that this is one of General Pervez Musharraf’s gravest errors of judgment, and a sorry indication that nothing has been learnt from the mistakes of the past. The imposition of emergency rule and suspension of the 1973 Constitution announced on Saturday is only going to destroy the very institutions that this country crucially needs for evolving into a true democracy, particularly the judiciary, media and parliament. It will further fracture an already weakened federation, alienate those who have grievances against the centre, such as the Tribal Areas and Balochistan, and push whatever little credibility the government had down a very deep abyss. Such a draconian step will also have little effect on our ability to fight terrorism and extremism. It would be fair to assume that the emergency has been imposed only to target two institutions: the judiciary and the media but it may well have poisonous effects on another: i.e. parliament. Those in the ruling PML-Q will be foolish not to realise that the legislative branch of government has received a death blow as well since the imposition has come from an army general.

    The fact that the official statement carrying the emergency announcement used ‘army chief’ rather than president to refer to the authority behind the promulgation is significant as well indicating that perhaps what we have on our hands is a de facto martial law — one in which the assemblies will function but only to give the impression that democracy has not been hampered in any manner. Furthermore, the timing of the proclamation, a few days before an expected judgment on a case that could have potentially declared the president’s re-election null and void, is such that very few people in this country, or overseas for that matter, will buy the argument that it has been imposed to arrest the deteriorating law and order situation and to allow the government to focus on fighting extremism and militancy. It will be difficult to remove public doubts that it has only been imposed to target a superior judiciary that has finally found some spine and is carrying out its constitutional role of acting as a watchdog on the executive, which in Pakistan’s case was often overstepping its constitutionally-defined authority. As for the media, the fact that private television channels were blacked out for the better part of Saturday is a grim indication of the government’s intentions. However, here too, such bans are essentially counter-productive and will be seen by ordinary Pakistanis as a desperate act of a regime bent on shielding itself from criticism.

    Meanwhile, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has been informed that his services were no longer required. In any case, the promulgation of a provisional constitutional order would mean that most of the judges of the Supreme Court who had in recent weeks taken a brave and defiant stand against the government and the military would be pushed aside and not be invited to take a fresh oath; many would in all probability decline such an offer. As news of the imposition of emergency spread, eight members of the Supreme Court defiantly struck down the proclamation, which could well trigger off a new stand-off. The future is not looking good — not least because the president’s move is bound to have massive repercussions and a severe response from all segments of civil society. Such acts are indefensible at any time, more so in this day and age.

  17. fahmed (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    God save my Pakistan from us, Pakistanis:))

  18. fahmed (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    “Bachayaa too nay hamay dahaktay whoay sharoon say

    Na parnay dee hampay dunya kee mailee ankh kabhee

    Jee chahataa kay tujsay aik sawal karoon ay Khudaa

    Kiyoon Bachayaa na too nay humay hamaroon say”

    I have just written the above lines and my urdu is not very good as you all might have noticed therefore if someone can refine the above tota phuta shair then I would appreciate it!
    It comes straight from the heart:)

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